International Tourism – where are people going in increasing numbers?
In the first quarter of 2017 international tourism to the U.S. fell 4 percent from January to July 2017. However, other regions, especially in Europe, countries are receiving more tourists.
That worries travel industry executives. It is causing a loss in U.S. market share since many travelers are opting to visit other destinations. For example from 2015 to 2017, the United States posted a decline in long-haul travel.
That’s according to U.S. Travel, a lobbying group whose members include Marriott International and Macy’s.Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia, Canada, the U.K. and Australia all logged double-digit increases. Not only were there fewer travelers coming here but spending also dropped. According to the Commerce Department, international traveler spending dropped more than 3 percent the first 11 months of 2017.
International Travel from 1950 – 2012
Below illustrated international tourism from 1950-2012. The evolution of tourism and which are the most popular countries to fly to. It shows how people get there and who gets the most revenue.
According to the University of Oregon, tourism accounts for nearly a third of the global services economy. It is the primary source of income for many countries in both industrialized and emerging economies. International travel brings increasing numbers of hosts and guests into contact. That presents an array of opportunities and challenges that need to be met.